Directed by Steve James
88 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English, and Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.
From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Official Selection: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, 2016 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2017 True/False Film Festival, 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival